“Annie” the classic, all-ages story based on Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie comic strip is coming to Franklin Park Visual & Performing Arts Center December 13-22 (Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.).
The play – as charming as the original comic strip, which came on the scene in 1924 – is a cultural icon. It follows the life and adventures of a young girl named Annie, abandoned by her parents in front of a 1930s orphanage in New York City.
Known for her positive personality – and her sunny and upbeat phrases “Gee Whiskers!” and “Leaping Lizards!” – Annie’s story is interesting in that the comic strip’s author used his main character to express his opinions on the politics of the day, weaving in plotlines having to do with communism, the Great Depression, the New Deal and others. Annie combats what Grey saw as the negative forces of his times, while helping others to do the same. … Continue Reading